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What are the rules on treating overseas patients?


The Welsh government have recently issued their own guidance, and GPs can charge overseas visitors as private patients. It is surprising that governments can give so different interpretations regarding the same regulations. For England, The National GMS contract makes no reference to independent contractors having to comply with the –“Patient Registration; Standard Operating Principles for Primary Medical Care (General Practice)” (published 2015, GMS contract 2004). Is NHS England independently changing the GMS contract? In the GMS contract it states - 13.6. Temporary residents 13.6.1. The Contractor may if its list of patients is open accept a person as a temporary resident - One would have assumed this relates to UK residents only and not open ended to include the over 6 billion world-wide population. Why isn't the GPC/BMA doing anything about this to protect General Practice from this inordinate burden?

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10 Feb 2016

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